Westward Ho’d! – 2018

March 22, 2018

Well, it was time to hit the road at least one more time.

Departed early in the morn on Monday and Motel 6’d it on the far side of Houston that night. Next stop was a Days Inn in El Paso and arrived at Rancho Mirage CA at 4PM yesterday afternoon.

My final destination was volunteer Dave’s place right down the street from the home of the ANA Championship (The Dinah to all my friends). Will be spending some time here and may try to get a bag at the Symetra event in Beaumont after the ANA.

I replaced my ‘03 Sable with a 2010 Avalon Limited. I was impressed with the Nerd’s similar purchase last year so I followed suit. Extremely comfortable ride and averaged 29.6 mpg on the trip. Not bad for its size and peppy engine. A surprising bonus was the absence of the ubiquitous aches and pains from a three-day, 2400 mile drive.

Stayed at The Nerd’s place during the winter. He left a few days before me but just before he did, he had a tree removed next to the fish pond (don’t ask) and we put up a fence in two days. Nothing like a little time pressure to get the job done.

Rick's fence

On a sad note, Tom Hanson former LPGA caddie and sports writer, passed away Tuesday. Here is the Facebook post from his sister Becca Hanson Carpenter.

As some of you may know, my brother Tom Hanson passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning. He was the master of the written word and I sit here at a loss for them. First, I want to thank everyone who has reached out to our family with their kind words and offerings of help at this most difficult time. Please know we read every comment and appreciate all the special stories. My brother Bob said it well… “He will be missed and March Madness will never be the same … another #1 seed goes down too early”

His memorial service and celebration of life will be held this
Saturday, March 24th at 11am at
Stephenson- Nelson Funeral Home
4001 Sebring Parkway
Sebring, Fl 33870


Thoughts From The Road

January 26, 2018

From Mike Troublefield:

I wanted to run away and join the circus again but I didn’t, for now. When I left Mississippi, it was cold, around 25 degrees. My job at “The Hope” (CareerBuilder) last week was great for making contacts and having a place to stay in Rancho Mirage at Dave Kaunoa’s place (volunteer Dave). If you know the LPGA golf family, you know Dave.

The weather was great. Cool in the mornings and warming up by the middle of the round. Therefore, I found myself shedding layers of Mossy Oak outdoors gear, which I brought along, knowing I would need it in the early mornings in The Coachella Valley.

The gear was also handy at a Monday qualifier, at El Camino Country Club, and the Wednesday morning pro-am.

Tiger went off at his usual early time, 6:40 am to be exact. He went off number 1 on the north course and I was 7:40 am on the same course but opposite side. It’s odd and familiar to look up and see a large crowd be following so early but not in Tiger’s case. In my caddy career on the ladies tour, these crowds were reserved for Annika and later on, Lorena, who is one of my all times favorite golfers and humanitarians. Tiger, because of how he played the game in his prime and how he will play the game from here forth.

My plans were to do some caddying on the west coast swing. I felt good walking but if you know west coast grass on golf courses, it can be a mean walk. So instead, I’m going home to Mississippi and finish my project with roadside stand, BBQ, and thrift store. There’s also an August Wilson play reading I’m involved in at The Columbus Arts Council later on in Feb.

There is life after caddying. But I am looking to caddy The US Women’s Open end of May and early June. This is the golf course which led me to West Point Mississippi and Mossy Oak. I am speaking of Shoal Creek in Birmingham. A city and golf course which was steeped in political and race issues.

I’m going home to Mississippi, which is only 2 hrs. east of Birmingham, and part of that same world which I above mentioned, but it’s home.

If I get a job or not for the open at Shoal Creek, I will be giving a barbeque and food fair no more than 4 miles from the course at a friend’s house. We will also have a fishing contest with the winner getting free Mossy Oak gear.

Looking forward to a rewarding year and beyond as I continue to think about rejoining the circus.


R.I.P. Greg Sheridan

November 22, 2017

Greg Sheridan, one of the best caddies that has ever walked the fairways of the LPGA, has succumbed to the cancer he was battling. Here are some FB posts expressing the thoughts of friends.

Natalie Gulbis mourns loss of old-school, uplifting LPGA caddie Greg Sheridan

Andrew Deardan: Very sad to hear of the passing of Greg Sheridan

Ever since I met Greg back in 1992 I’ve had nothing but the greatest respect for the man and the job he’s done on the LPGA.
He was a mentor to many and one of the most loyal people you could ever meet.
An incredibly good caddy and a thorough pleasure to be drawn out in his group.
He will be a sad loss to the the golfing community and I’m glad he’s finally at peace and pain free.
RIP Greg and thoughts go out to the friends and family you leave behind.
p,s…”This Buds for you.

John Schiffer: Rip Greg Sheridan you were a mentor to me on and
And off the golf course.your smile was inspirational and.you caddied without fear making the women better players.I’m a lucky man to have known you for twenty plus years.just watching you made me a better caddie and person.BB,shadow,pickup truck john, Rickles, Bruce Edwards, and so many more I have forgotten at this sad time you truly have one of the best with you now my heart is broken but you will never be forgotten I love you

Jeff Cable: So sorry to hear of Greg’s passing, i know he battled a horrible demon in cancer something that has touched all of us at some time. He was a great caddy but an even better man he will be missed by all of his friends in the caddy nation and beyond. Rest in peace my friend i know you are now in a better place.

Sherrie Vacek: We’ve lost a great friend & the golf world lost a great caddy. RIP Greg you were one of a kind.

Billy Pratt: Greg, I will always cherish our times on our road trips, hotels shared, and fairways we walked together. I will always remember so many of the stories we shared. and anyone that knows you, knows you have plenty of those. You were always a great friend to me. I will always remember the genuine heart you had and a love for life that was so you. Although I didn’t get to caddie with you in the glory days, I love that I got to for the last ten years. You will always be missed never forgotten. Love ya man! God speed my friend. RIP Greg Sheridan

Rick Ried: Lost a caddie comrade in arm’s Greg Sheridan ! Prayer’s for Greg in his passing for Donna ‘ s healing in her loss ! Corning 1987 ! Rest well old friend ! Also for his family and all who knew him we all will miss him and remember him well !!

Jane Crafter: RIP Greg Sheridan. Great caddy one of a kind guy. He will be missed by all his LPGA family. Thoughts and condolences to Donna and all his family and many friends too

Denise Lindman: So sad to hear Greg Sheridan passed away from a horrific cancer. Our paths crossed 18 years ago when I started caddying on the LPGA Tour. We came from such different places but to common grounds we were. I was in awe of your successes on tour but humble you were. We were friends and we enjoyed lots of fun times and laughs together. For that I am thankful. Thanks for being so nice to me when I was a rookie and all the years after. I am sad, but you no longer are in pain. RIP my friend

2nd Stage Qualifier 2017 – Round 3

October 21, 2017

My player is Angela Then.

Not a good day. No birds. Shot +5. Still in the mix though.

Had a great time at Gabby Then’s birthday party yesterday. It’s not until tomorrow but the timing wasn’t right. Wowed ‘em with caddie lore.

Many thanks to Bully for organizing the festivities at The Sand Trap Sports Bar. Cake and balloons included.

Fairways and greens. Good advice.

Gabby Then birthday cake

Wonder what she’s wishing for? 🙂

Gabby Then making a wish

2nd Stage qualifier 2017 – Round 2

October 20, 2017

My player is Angela Then.

Didn’t hit it as pure as yesterday but still only shot +1. Birdied our last which is always sweet.

The Panther seems to play tougher of the two. It seems to catch more wind and the greens are firmer especially fourteenth. It’s fairly new and balls land like they were on the runway of Sarasota International.

Looks like Bully put the hammer down today. Shot –5 on The Bobcat. The braddah can still go.

Ya got to know dem rules. Case in point. The twelfth hole on The Panther is a short dogleg right with a water hazard bordering the left side of the landing area. One player in our group hit three wood off the tee but turned it over into the hazard. She took her two club relief and dropped the ball.

She then announced that the ball rolled out of the two club measurement and asked if she should re-drop. Another player (not mine) said yes and before the situation struck me, she had ball in hand.

I walked over and and asked if it had rolled closer to the hole and she said no. I indicated that she had two club lengths of roll after the ball hits the ground and she looked dumbfounded. In fact, I was the only one in the group that knew the rule including the other two caddies. After calling for an official, she had to add one more shot for picking it up.

I was treated to the buffet lunch in the clubhouse and the salmon and New England clam chowder were spectacular. Topped it off with a little peach cobbler.

We hit the range after lunch and Angela said I could chill. I noticed an elderly lady on the bench behind us and told Angela that I was going see if she would invite me home.

After a few minutes the lady departed and my boss headed for the practice green with her sister and coach. I wasn’t far behind and when I arrived, made the following statement. “Got her number. I better call before she dies”. Everyone cracked up.

2nd Stage Qualifier 2017 – Round 1

October 19, 2017

My player is Angela Then.

-2 on The Bobcat today. Good start.

I’m low in the condo but Upstate and Phil are only one back.

More player/caddie match-ups. Jorge with Margarita Ramos, Benito with Samantha Troyanovich and Louie with Stacy Bregman.

Caddie quote of the week so far. As I was walking The Panther course yesterday, a player hit a good shot to the seventeenth green and her caddie responded with “I could feel that shot before you hit it”. Splain that to me Lucy!

Then there was this:

Firefighter headed to Augusta, Pebble and Shinnecock

Stage 2 Qualifier 2017 – Wednesday

October 18, 2017

Picked up Angela Then through the caddie network yesterday but employment was based on my performance after nine holes this morning. I passed but I almost whiffed our tee time. Didn’t receive the text. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

The greens on the Bobcat Course have been heavily top-dressed and puffs of sand rose when the ball landed yesterday but it was mostly gone today. Putted fairly well.

Caddie player match-ups so far: Upstate Jay is working for Doris Chen, former LPGA player Cindy Feng for Lily Muni He, The Nerd for Catherine O’Donnell, Danny Huber for EJ Seong, Jo Morley for Michele Thompson, Donna Wilkins for Jean Reynolds, Bully for Gabriella Then (Angela’s sister) and Philly Phil for Maria Torres.

Maria is from Puerto Rico. Here’s an interesting article regarding Maria’s travails after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and her career so far.

Happy 70th birthday (Tuesday) to Jarlath Hamrock aka “Upstate Jay”. After seven decades on the planet and a contender for the most interesting man in the world. Check out this article from 2001

I’m staying with Upstate and Phil in a condo behind the sixth tee on the Bobcat. Perfect location to watch tee shots and down a cold one.

Ran into my old boss Donna White. She’ll be following the progress of Nicole Sakamoto.

Over a foot of rain has fallen on the course in Taiwan in the last seven days washing out the pro-am.

Ten there was this:

The Santa Rosa country club devastated by Tubbs fire includes at least 38 members who lost homes

China shuts down billionaire’s golf courses

The Miami Heat will move its charity golf tournament away from President Trump’s course

LPGA Tour And LPGA Symetra Tour Members To Participate In Inspire.Dream.Achieve. Pro-Am …

Bjorn, Furyk recreate Palmer shot off Eiffel Tower

LPGA event could take a year off to find title sponsor

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